ACES: A Cooking and Eating Study

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We appreciate your interest in ACES: A Cooking and Eating Study. We are no longer recruiting, but encourage you to check back for more participation opportunities. 

ACES Information


For 13 to 21 year old overweight females

  • Are you a 13-21 year old young woman? Do you have irregular periods? A body mass index in the 85th percentile or greater?
  • This six-month study investigates the effect of two different diets for treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in adolescents and young adults.
  • You would get: Weight loss program, individual sessions with a dietitian, cooking workshops with an executive chef and an American Express gift card for $100

Cooking is part of the research: Girls who take part in the study learn to prepare delicious and healthy foods. They chop, mix, boil, stir-fry, sauté, roast, steam and bake with an executive chef.

Participants receive:

  • A work-up for PCOS is done at no cost to the provider or the patient. Research funds cover costs of the work-up. Researchers send a copy of all laboratory test results to the PCP.
  • The study focuses on intensive dietary interventions as a first line of treatment (consistent with the Androgen Excess and PCOS Society Position Statement) without pharmacological treatment.
  • Six in-person visits and six telephone calls with a registered dietitian.
  • Three cooking workshops with an executive chef. When each girl completes the six-month study, the study physician determines the best course of action to ensure continuity of care, in communication with the PCP.


For more information:

Call: 617-355-2500
Email: ACES@childrens.harvard.edu 

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